Dante Alighieri: Divina Commedia [The Divine Comedy]

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Introduction

Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, an epic poem of 14,223 lines written in the Italian vernacular, achieved immediate success throughout Italy and Europe due to its complex and sophisticated intermingling of theology, history, politics, classical tradition, autobiography and popular culture. The fact that it could be understood by common people added to its success. Boccacio was Dante’s first promoter in every sense: in 1373 the City of Florence charged him with delivering a series of lectures or readings on the Commedia, which became his extended Commentary on 18 cantos of the Inferno. This is a tradition which …

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Citation:
di Scipio, Giuseppe. "Divina Commedia". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 May 2008
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